Government launches £12m tender for early career framework training


Five education providers are to split £12 million to support new teachers with training and development as part of the government’s early career framework.

A tender has gone out to find suitable providers that can give teachers enhanced support as they prepare for life in the classroom.

The move is part of the government’s recruitment and retention strategy, first unveiled in January, and is set to transform teacher training processes.

Around £130 million has so far been pledged to the early career framework, which focuses on training programmes, mentoring, and creating free training resources.

It also enables schools to reduce the timetabled hours for new teaching staff, giving them more time for training and development as a result.

The tender, launched by the Department for Education, is open to local authorities, schools and education institutions that aid the development of training materials in four key areas.

According to Schools Week, £12 million is available to be split between successful applicants and that could be divided among five contracts, depending on the quality of applications submitted.

A document from the Department for Education notes that although sending out the invitation to tender in the summer months is not ideal in terms of giving schools time to prepare, it is necessary to ensure a role out of the framework from September 2020.

Ministers are keen for the early roll-out of the framework to reach at least 2,500 early career teachers, along with their mentors.

Any teacher training provider taking part will need to support a minimum of 200 early career teachers and 200 mentors.

Education secretary Damian Hinds described launching the tender as “an important milestone” and said that providing more support for newly qualified teachers is central to the recruitment and retention strategy.

“The early stages of a teacher’s career are an incredibly exciting time – but they can also be very challenging, which is why it’s so important to make sure they are properly supported,” he added.

The deadline for bids for the tender is in early August, with those that are successful set to be notified in the autumn.